ISTANBUL (QHA) -

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko commenced his working visit to Turkey, during which he is to take part in the World Summit of the United Nations Humanitarian Organization. While addressing the summit, Poroshenko cited the sad statistics of the Russian aggression in Ukraine.

He noted that the international community has witnessed an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in recent years. According to Poroshenko, humanitarian challenges keep cropping up all over the globe while ways of their resolution remain the same.

“Let me emphasize that members of the Ukrainian delegation here at the forum include Mustafa Jemilev, Leader of Crimean Tatars, and Refat Chubarov, Mejlis Chairman. They represent Crimea’s indigenous people who severely suffer due to the illegal annexation of Crimea. Crimea’s annexation and military aggression in Donbass had serious implications for my country: thousands of dead and millions of internally displaced people,” the Ukrainian President said.

Poroshenko noted with sadness that Ukraine, which used to be a donor of humanitarian aid, is now its recipient. He urged the forum participants to consolidate efforts of the international community to seek ways of resolving emerging humanitarian crises.

Before delivering his address, Poroshenko met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Poroshenko and Ruute discussed the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, as well as finalization of the EU’s decision to introduce visa-free regime for Ukrainians. They also coordinated joint actions in the framework of an investigation into the July 2014 crash of the MH-17 flight shot down by Russian militants in July 2014.

QHA